Asia briefs : Letter names Malaysia leaders as ISIS targets

Letter names Malaysia leaders as ISIS targets

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's police said they would probe the authenticity of a letter claiming that militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are targeting several top leaders.

Those named in the letter sent on Monday included Prime Minister Najib Razak, his deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali, and police chief Khalid Abu Bakar.

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Anwar sues govt to stop new security law

KUALA LUMPUR • Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has filed a suit to stop the operation of the National Security Council Act on grounds that it is unconstitutional.

He named the Malaysian government and the National Security Council as respondents in his originating summons filed through his lawyers at the High Court civil registry yesterday.

THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK


Leyte mayor gives himself up to cops

MANILA • A Philippine mayor accused of involvement in the illegal drugs trade surrendered to the police after President Rodrigo Duterte gave him and his son 24 hours to do so or face death. The mayor of Albuera in Leyte province, Mr Rolando Espinosa Sr, was in custody but his son Kerwin was still at large, a presidential spokesman said.

PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK


Ex-Taiwan president in court over libel suit

TAIPEI • Taiwan's former president Ma Ying-jeou made his first appearance in court yesterday in a libel case against Ms Clara Chou, a commentator who claimed he had accepted NT$200 million (S$8.5 million) in political donations from a company seeking favours. Mr Ma denied the accusation.

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